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kev rowland
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4 stars And, lo, it came to pass, that the classic Jadis line-up reformed and recorded an album together. Then they rested. And it was good.

Well, after some time away Arena-ing and IQ-ing, Martin Orford (keys/vocals) and John Jowitt (bass) are now back in the Jadis camp. While both are of course still key players in IQ, John has now left Arena, which has given him some more time and he has returned to the fold. With Steve Christey on drums and Gary Chandler on vocals/guitar, the line-up which gave us the classic timeless 'More Than Meets The Eye' are back together once again.

From opener "Where In The World" it is apparent that they are immediately back on top form. Gary has a distinctive vocal style, added to his melodic guitar playing which also has a unique sound, which gives Jadis a musical melody all of their own. There are soaring vocals, guitar leads to die for, and the music is all held together in a way that many bands can never achieve, however much they strive. It is hard to pick out a favourite, as I enjoyed all eight songs immensely, and only time will tell if I feel this to be better than 'More..', which is still very much a regular on my player. It is definitely the best release since their debut full-length CD, many moons ago. And who knows, given a year or two I may even say that it is better. If you have never heard Jadis and you enjoy melodic/prog rock then you really are missing a treat.

Feedbacl #58, May 2000

kev rowland | 4/5 |


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